Wake Forest Baptist Health’s Aircare programme has received a fourth customised Airbus EC135P2+ helicopter from PAC International.
PAC completed the first three aircraft in early 2018 ‘on a very ambitious timeline, with fantastic results’, according to Billy Haynes, Programme Manager of AirCare Critical Care Transport. PAC refurbished the interior, complete with upgraded windows and Metro Aviation’s standard EMS interior – featuring crew and medical attendant seats, storage pouches, and a composite medical floor with a Ferno 28A-1 litter.
The AirCare team also chose to install upgraded technology to enhance its missions, including the Garmin GDL69 XM weather system and the Outerlink IRIS system for flight tracking and data monitoring.
“Our fourth aircraft is a dedicated spare that plays a key role in helping us meet the needs of our customers. This aircraft is flight ready and is quickly placed in service when any of our primary aircraft require maintenance,” said Haynes. “It is also utilised as the primary aircraft for NASCAR races and other special events without disrupting customer service at our three bases. All four aircraft have identical avionics and medical interiors facilitating an easy transition between aircraft by pilots and medical crew.”
All aircraft are owned and operated by Metro Aviation, and AirCare expects the helicopter to enter service in Q2 2019, joining a fleet that has responded to approximately 25,000 calls from North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee and South Carolina.